Know your renters rights before moving

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Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 --- 4:36 p.m.

For many students today is move out day and they are cleaning and trying to get everything out of their apartment on time, but are they being taken advantage of by their landlords? Today we sat down with the Tenant Resource Center and got some answers.

Jacob Meyer has been around the block, literally.

"We've already been through two property managers and this will be our third new one," says Meyer

But even he didn't know the ins and outs of renters rights.

Brenda Konkel with the Tenant Resource Center says check twice with where your security deposit is going, if you're not getting it back in full.

"I think the other big issue this time of the year is landlords charging for carpet cleaning.They absolutely should not be charging you for carpet cleaning. You should not pay for carpet cleaning unless there is some unusual damage. If everyone in your apartment complex is getting charged a hundred dollars for carpet cleaning, that's usual and that shouldn't be happening," says Konkel.

She also adds that landlords are required to show you receipts for what they charge you for, and often times it's below that flat $100 they might charge.

"You got to stand up for your rights. No one is going to do it for you. Landlords make thousands and thousands of dollars this time of the year because people aren't going to worry about a $100 and sometimes the remedy is to go to small claims court, so they just give up."

Jacob says he feels confident now to stand up to his landlord.

"I think they're going to try to get some money if they already tried to throw a jab at us, but this guy me and our dogs will throw jabs right back."

They say the smartest thing you can do is fill out the damages sheet completely no matter how small a dent or snag is.

You can call the Tenant Resource Center at 608-257-0143


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